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Feb. 14, 2013
Northwest Missouri State University will take audiences back to the 1960s Feb. 27 through March 2 with playwright Neil Simon’s classic comedy about a couple of newlyweds in Manhattan – and the production will feature some of Maryville's and Northwest’s more familiar faces.
The play, “Barefoot in the Park,” runs Wednesday, Feb. 27, through Saturday, March 2, with performances at 7:30 p.m. each night and a matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3. All performances are at the Studio Theater located in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts.
The timeless story follows Paul Bratter, a serious young lawyer, and Corie, his free-spirited bride. Their tiny top-of-the-building-with-no-elevator apartment is perfect to keep a meddlesome mother-in-law away, but with bad plumbing, a closet for a bedroom, a leak in the skylight during winter, and an unexpected rooftop neighbor anything that can go wrong invariably does.
“Barefoot in the Park” premiered on Broadway in 1963 and starred Robert Redford and Elizabeth Ashley. In 1967, it was adapted for the big screen with Redford reprising his role as Paul and Jane Fonda playing the part of Corie. It was adapted again as a short-lived television series in 1970, and it saw a Broadway revival in 2006, starring Amanda Peet and Patrick Wilson.
The Northwest production features Megan Friend, a sophomore speech and theatre education major from Omaha, Neb., as Corie and Matt Sweeten, a senior theatre performance major from Lee’s Summit, as Paul. Lindsay Masin, a senior theatre performance major from Lincoln, Neb., plays the mother-in-law, Mrs. Banks, and Tanner Marchisello, a senior theater performance major from Kansas City, plays the quirky neighbor, Victor Velasco.
“‘Barefoot in the Park’ is probably familiar to a lot of people,” said Professor of Theatre Dr. Theophil Ross, who is directing the production. “Neil Simon is one of the most produced playwrights, and ‘Barefoot in the Park’ is a perennial favorite. It’s one of those love stories that never leaves us unentertained.”
Additionally, Ross is bringing in some special guests to help tell the story. Each performance will feature a different “local celebrity” playing the walk-on role of the Delivery Man. The celebrities and dates they are slated to perform are as follows:
Featuring a guest performer is not a new idea, although it is rare to feature multiple performers playing the same role. No cajoling was needed for the part, Ross said, as all six of the actors he approached about the idea agreed immediately.
“I thought this would be a good opportunity for our audiences and our students to see people who have an impact on their lives in a different light,” Ross said. “If we can think of Clarence Green and Mike Thomson and John Jasinski not just as the campus police chief, or a state representative, or the president of the University, we can relate to them better, work with them better, communicate better. And these folks are given a chance to step out of their usual routine and have a little fun.”
Tickets are $8 and may be purchased between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Student Services Center on the first floor of the Administration Building, by calling 660.562.1212 or at the door beginning one-hour before the show. Tickets at the Student Services Center can be purchased via cash or check, but purchases by phone must be made with a valid credit card.
For more information, call 660.562.1321 or visit http://theatrenorthwest.org.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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